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Chater Garden
遮打花園
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Chater Garden
LocationCentral, Hong Kong
Established20 October 1978; 43 years ago (1978-10-20)
EtymologyNamed for Sir Paul Chater
Chater Garden
Traditional Chinese遮打花園
Simplified Chinese遮打花园
Plaque commemorating the opening of the garden
Plaque commemorating the opening of the garden

Chater Garden, located in the Central District of Hong Kong, is a public park directly east of the Legislative Council building. It is named after Sir Paul Chater, as is the adjacent Chater Road.[1]

History

1953 photograph of Central, showing the ground of the Hong Kong Cricket Club behind the Old Supreme Court Building.
1953 photograph of Central, showing the ground of the Hong Kong Cricket Club behind the Old Supreme Court Building.

In the early days of British rule in Hong Kong, the site was part of the Murray Parade Ground. Then in 1851, it was opened as a sports and recreation area and became home to the Hong Kong Cricket Club and its ground. In 1975, Chater Garden took up the space left by the club when it moved to Wong Nai Chung Gap. The garden was developed in the 1970s, and formally opened on 20 October 1978.[2]

Due to its proximity to the seat of government, the garden has been used as a location for political rallies and demonstrations by groups in Hong Kong such as Falun Gong.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Ingham, Michael (2007). Hong Kong: A Cultural History. Oxford University Press. p. 29. ISBN 9780199724475.
  2. ^ Old Site of Hong Kong Cricket Club: Chater Garden, LCSD Antiques and Monuments Office
  3. ^ Law, Lisa (2010). "Defying disappearance: cosmopolitan public spaces in Hong Kong". In Orum, Anthony M.; Neal, Zachary P. (eds.). Common Ground?: Readings and Reflections on Public Space. Routledge. p. 138. ISBN 9781135257552.

Coordinates: 22°16′49″N 114°09′40″E / 22.28037°N 114.16100°E / 22.28037; 114.16100